To remedy tennis elbow pain, rest the tendon as soon as symptoms begin in order to allow small tears to heal, according to WebMD. Applying cold packs or ice several times daily for about 10 to 15 minutes each time, taking hot baths and applying warm cloths can also relieve pain.
A tendon may need rest for months if the injury is severe, notes WebMD. Taking nonsteroidal antiinflammatory drugs, such as aspirin, naproxen or ibuprofen, or applying an NSAID cream to the affected area relieves pain. Patients under 20 years old should not take aspirin due to the risk of developing Reye's syndrome. Acetaminophen is another pain-relief option. Doctors consider surgery only when the pain continues despite all other noninvasive treatment efforts.